Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Macheda happy to stay at Stuttgart; Bruma to return to Chelsea

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda is hoping to seal a permanent switch to VfB Stuttgart this summer.

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda is hoping to seal a permanent switch to VfB Stuttgart this summer, Sky Sports reports.

Macheda, 21, joined Die Roten on loan in January for the remainder of the season.

The Italy Under-21 international has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular for Manchester United, resulting in three loan spells at Unione Calcio Sampdoria (2010-11), Queens Park Rangers (2011-12) and now VfB Stuttgart 1893 eV.

Macheda has been utilised as a regular substitute by Stuttgart manager Bruno Labbadia since his arrival at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in January.

The 21-year-old is both focused and happy with life in Stuttgart, but did express interest in returning to the English Premier League to play for Manchester United in the future.

“My experience at Stuttgart is going very well,” Macheda told

“I have immediately familiarised myself, and the relationship with my team-mates and coaches is great.

“In June the loan will end but I already have a verbal agreement with Stuttgart to extend my stay. If there is a chance to, I would be really happy to stay.”

Macheda insists he has a great relationship with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who handed the Italian his professional debut against Aston Villa at the age of 17, but also admitted that returning to Old Trafford would be a mistake at this stage of his career.

“In the future I would like to go back to my country, and play in Serie A,” added the Azzurri Under-21 international.

The 21-year-old striker has been linked with a return to Lazio on several different occasions over the past few seasons.

Macheda has not scored in 14 competitive appearances, two starts, for Stuttgart this season.

Bruma to return to Chelsea

Holland international centre-back Jeffrey Bruma, who is currently on loan at Hamburger SV, will return to Chelsea at the end of the season, Sky Sports understands.

Bruma, 21, has spent the past two seasons on loan at the Imtech Arena, but Hamburg have opted not to sign the 21-year-old to a permanent deal.

The Holland international will be hoping to establish himself as a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge after failing to make an impact at Hamburg in 2012-13.

“[Hamburg general manager] Frank Arnesen told me that the club will not be buying me, and I will not be staying on at HSV,” Bruma told Hamburger Morgenpost.

“Now I am looking forward to a return to London and to Chelsea.”

Bruma, who joined Chelsea’s youth academy from Feyenoord in 2005, has scored three goals in 39 league appearances for Hamburg over the past two seasons.

The 21-year-old made 10 senior appearances for Chelsea from 2009 to 2011 before being sent out on loan to Leicester City and Hamburg.


Shawn Etemadi



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